Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Voice UK star, Jordan Gray, releases first music video with cis/trans love scene in ‘Platinum’.

Voice UK star, Jordan Gray, has released the first music video with a cis/trans love scene with her latest single, ‘Platinum’.

Semi-finalist of the Voice UK, Jordan Gray, previously known as Tall Dark Friend, is attempting to normalise trans/cis relationships with her music video ‘Platinum’, her first single releases since being on The Voice UK. 

The video features herself with ex-porn star turn musician Mickey Taylor in bed as a couple, which despite the large majority of pop music videos containing similar scenes, is a first and activism by default as Jordan Gray is a trans women.

When asked about the music video being activism, Jordan said, “If it’s seen as activism it’s a reflection on society, it is but it shouldn’t be. Activism is a huge part of my life ‘cus I’m trans.”

The music video is a paradox as it is a form of activism, which is a positive move forward with trans rights and normalising trans/cis relationships, but it shouldn’t be unusual as the video is no different to other pop music videos, such as Paloma Faith’s, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’.

Also featured is Burlesque artist Isabella Bliss, who said, “She’s a great performer so why does it matter? It is new and unique but it shouldn’t be the be all and end all."

'Platinum' itself is a fantastic pop song full of energy and passion, with catchy hooks, snippets of rap and gorgeous vocals.

Jordan is also working on a rap EP under the name of Tall Dark Friend, which tackles head on trans right with explicit lyrics describing everyday life as a trans-female artist. 

‘Platinum’ is available to download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play and the CD and Vinyl copy is available on Jordan Gray’s website.

Also available is Jordan Gray’s previous album, The Baffled King, under Tall Dark Friend on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Staffordshire University Diversity Fashion Show

Yesterday Staffordshire University’s LRV hosted the 9th Diversity Fashion Show in aid of the Student Unions Food Hub, which supports students with finance issues by helping to supply food.

The show started very well as it had a general feeling of professionalism with the smooth lighting and music by Birmingham DJ Lomi and confident models,who frequently gave their walk an individual flair. 

The outfits were interesting, well designed and culturally diverse as cultures were given there own section, such as the Chinese, French and Korean walks.

The outfit were mostly sourced from charity donates by PDSA, Air Ambulance and Douglas MacMillan Hospice, who had a stall set up alongside few other craft stalls, the exception being the Korean walk, as they were designed and made by Sarah Shannon.

The High Street walk contained good ideas for Christmas and New Years parties, The Prom walk by The Prom Dressing Room, was slow with a limited selection compared to the Wedding walk, dresses provided by Air Ambulance, which was better paced with a nice selection, although was brief. 

Fahrenheit, a local youth dance club were talented and entertaining, though a little disorganised but that was due to them being called in last minute and only having 10 minutes to rehearse due to the planned group becoming ill earlier that day.

Unfortunately, the presenters did let the event down with their awkward over-rehearsed jokes and lack of microphone technique.

The LGBT+ walk felt like tokenism due to how brief it was and that fact everyone came out together, not giving the audience time to appreciate each outfit.

The World Peace walk also fell flat as it followed the same pattern as LGBT+ but with everyone in white, with no message or purpose.

The end of the show was disappointing due to its poor pacing and lack of professionalism which was a shame as it starting well and had real potential.

Hopefully, next year can hold it together until the end.


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Former Keane member, Tom Chaplin, promotes solo album with intimate gig in Stoke.

Tom Chaplin, former frontman of Keane, promotes debut solo album ‘The Wave’ with an intimate gig at LRV, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent.

The short set was played to roughly 100 fans who won tickets via various competitions at Signal 1.

The set mostly consisted of new solo material except for crowd pleaser ‘Everybody Changes’ by Keane.

Tom’s new material is pleasant uplifting pop music, very enjoyable and catchy, this combined with his great stage presence, crowd interaction and general good atmosphere, made the gig something rather special.

Before the set, Tom commented on the new album.

“I was worried about it (the album) as Keane fans are a very passionate bunch but they’ve been very passionate and kind about it. I honestly wouldn’t go back and change it, there were no stones left unturned. I’m very proud of it.”

‘The Wave’ is available online and in stores and Tom Chaplin will be embarking on a UK tour in May 2017.